Heart Of Football

When goalkeepers are at the mercy of a Messi free kick

There cannot be a goalkeeper in the world, not one of sane mind, who fancies his chances when Lionel Messi lines up a free kick.

Liverpool and their fine keeper Alisson Becker are in a bind. They are having their club's best season for three decades, but they are sandwiched between Manchester City, the best team in Premier League memory, and Barcelona, simply the best in Europe when Mr Messi is on form.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 05, 2019, with the headline 'When goalkeepers are at the mercy of a Messi free kick'. Print Edition | Subscribe